Rabbi Rami once again talks to Matthieu Ricard: Buddhist monk, photographer, author, humanitarian and French translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ricard is the “happiness man on Earth”, and here he discusses his newest book A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion and makes the case for caring for all sentient beings. A review of the book appears in the November/December 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health.
Matthieu Ricard is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, forums at the United Nations, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is a charismatic figure who has captured the minds and hearts of people all over the world.
His books have been translated into over twenty languages and include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate?, and Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, as well as five photography books.
As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes all the proceedings of his books and activities to 200 humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal. Karuna-Shechen provides education, medical care, and social development to underprivileged population, especially women and girls, and has been very active in helping rebuild villages hit by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.